BLOOMINGTON – The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting its fifth annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship at Chapman’s Restaurant & Bar on Thursday, September 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, a global leader in human capital solutions., will be the keynote speaker at the annual entrepreneurship event.

“It is part of the mission of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship to engage the community and foster entrepreneurship in the region, and this year’s Institute is yet another example of how the Center connects the community through its programs,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Through both the Cook Institute event and the Cook Center, Ivy Tech works to inspire and educate others in moving forward with their business ideas, and growing the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Ferguson, the Institute reception keynote speaker, is CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. Ferguson took CareerBuilder to the number one position in the online recruitment industry within five years. Working with the nation’s top employers on a daily basis, Ferguson is often called upon to provide insights on emerging labor trends, the impact of the economy on the job outlook, and advice for job seekers. He has appeared on CBS Evening NewsTODAY Show and many others. He was named to Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40.”

Individual tickets for Ivy Tech’s annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship reception are $60 each. Table sponsorships can be purchased for $600, event sponsorships for $1,500, and presenting sponsorships for $2,500. Proceeds support scholarships for Ivy Tech-Bloomington entrepreneurship students and Cook Center programs.

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About the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship ( at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus was established in 2010 to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students, individuals, and the community to foster entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech-Bloomington and in the broader economic development region it serves.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.